Games We Play

Edward Michael Supranowicz

3 Questions for Edward

What was your process for creating this work?

Anything and everything, when said, always seems pretentious or preposterous. But, basically to me, the need to create is like an emotional or spiritual itch that I do not know where it is or how to scratch it until it starts to take form in line and color, and then it takes off in its own direction. The artist just tags along for the ride.

What is the significance of the form/genre you chose for this work?

I am nowadays doing digital paintings and drawings on GIMP and have found ways to do with it what I could do with traditional painting and drawing. But the digital format allows me certain freedoms to change my mind and to try numerous color and line possibilities that in the past resulted in many torn sheets of paper and crumbled canvases. Plus digital work allows for creating a personal archive and also for sharing work with multiple people.

What is the significance of this work to you?

It is difficult to say what a particular piece means, since each reflects some or all of me, just from a different approach or perspective. It is a bit like standing in a field in front of a large oak tree and moving slowly around it as the day progresses into night and then again into day, from one season to another and one feeling to another. The titles of pieces narrow things down a bit, but are only meant to be a fulcrum point, not an anchor.

Edward Michael Supranowicz is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is a Jar, The Phoenix, and other journals. Edward is also a published poet.

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